In this recipe, the meat used is chicken, since it’s lighter, leaner, and healthier than pork or beef. This Chinese inspired recipe is much like a sandwich without the bread, so diabetics can eat each piece without worrying about a lot of carbohydrates. It’s easy to make as well.
What you need:
• For the dressing:
o Half a cup of minced cilantro (fresh)
o ¼ cup of rice vinegar
o 3 tablespoons of canola oil
o 2 tablespoons of lime juice
o 1 clove of garlic (chopped)
o 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (low-fat)
o 1 teaspoon of chili sauce
o 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (low-fat and creamy)
o 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
o 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
o 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger root (minced)
o 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low-sodium)
• For the salad:
o 6 Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves
o 2 cups of cooked chicken breast (cubed)
o ½ cup of peanuts (dry, unsalted, roasted, chopped, divided)
o 1 piece of sweet red pepper (small, diced)
o ½ cup of shredded carrot
o ½ cup of green onions (chopped)
How to make it:
1. Gather the ingredients for the dressing. Blend them all together. While the ingredients are mixing, add the oil gradually.
2. Stir in the cilantro and set the dressing aside to let all the flavors combine.
3. Get a large mixing bowl and in it, combine the peanuts (1/4 cup), carrots, chicken, onions, and red pepper. Add in the prepared dressing and toss to coat every ingredient evenly. Divide the mixture among your lettuce leaves. Top them with the remaining peanuts before folding the lettuce and serving.
*** Each serving (1 ½ cup) contains 38 mg of cholesterol, 284 calories, 222 mg of sodium, 19 grams of fat, 19 grams of protein, and 12 grams of carbohydrates.